There are better solutions than incarceration to keep communities safe. Drawing upon 40 years of experience innovating programs for youth and adults with special needs in New York City's courts, CASES has helped thousands of individuals build productive, crime-free lives. Our programs allow judges to offer alternative sanctions that cost significantly less than incarceration and lead to better long-term outcomes for individuals and their communities.

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CASES Now Offering Adolescent Portable Therapy

CASES is very pleased to announce that we now offer Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT) services to youth and their families. APT is a home-based individual and family counseling service for at-risk and justice-involved young people, created 13 years ago by the Vera Institute of Justice.

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CASES Mourns the Death of Activist Eddie Ellis

On July 24, longtime prison reform advocate Edwin "Eddie" Ellis passed away. He was 72 years old. A nationally recognized figure in the fight to reform the criminal justice system, Ellis was the founder of the Centre for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions.

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CASES Awarded 2014 Borough President Capital Award

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has named CASES as the recipient of a 2014 Borough President Capital Award. CASES is grateful to receive this $40,000 grant, which will support the initial outfitting of our new Harlem location at 2090 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.
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Director of Youth Programs to Speak at Mississippi Freedom Summer

Rukia Lumumba, CASES' Director of Youth Programs, will be featured as a panelist for the Criminal Justice Town Hall on June 28, 2014, at Mississippi Freedom Summer's 50th Anniversary commemoration in Jackson, Mississippi.

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>CEO of CASES Appointed to New York State Commission of Youth, Public Safety and Justice

On April 9, CASES' CEO Joel Copperman was announced as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's new Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice. The mandate of the commission is to provide concrete, actionable recommendations for youth involved in New York's criminal and juvenile justice systems.

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At the age of eighteen, Jose was given the opportunity to enter CASES' Court Employment Project (CEP) rather than serve a prison sentence. He is currently enrolled at Borough of Manhattan Community College and is thankful that he got a second chance.

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